Kristen Stewart's mother's prison film, 'K-11,' originally had actress playing rape victim
Kristen Stewart's mother, Jules Stewart, has made her directorial debut with the independent prison film "K-11," which was supposed to feature the 'Twilight' actress as a transgender inmate, suspected prostitute and rape victim.
The movie stars "ER" alum Goran Visnjic as a businessman who ends up in a GBT unit of a Los Angeles prison without any memory of how he got there. Inside, he deals with a transsexual "ruler" named Mousey as well as many insane cellmates and corrupt guards.
Kristen was supposed to play the supporting character Butterfly, an transgender inmate who was sent to jail for suspected prostitution and later raped by a fellow prisoner. The role went to Portia Doubleday (check out more info about "K-11" on its official website). Kristen ended up having a small part as a secretary, according to Us Weekly, which quoted Jules as saying that that she cast her daughter in the larger role six years ago, when she was shooting the first "Twilight" film, and that she would have done it justice.
"Kristen has a dark side," Jules told the magazine. "Kristen has the edge -- thank God, right?"
The movie and its four sequels -- "New Moon," "Eclipse" and the two-part "Breaking Dawn," have made more than $3.3 billion worldwide.
Thanks to the franchise's success, Kristen, who played heroine Bella Swan, became one of the most popular female celebrities in the world. She has been invited to present at the Oscars -- twice -- and topped Forbes' 2012 list of Highest Paid Actresses with an estimated annual income of $34.5 million.
"She got really big"
Kristen went on to play the title role in "Snow White and the Huntsman," which made $396 million. A sequel is also in the works.
"She got really big and we were still really small and I was like, 'Go! Go do 'Snow White,' please, go make those big films honey, that's wonderful!'" Jules told Us Weekly."
Kristen's "Twilight" co-star, Nikki Reed, was also supposed to star in "K-11." She told MTV News in 2009 that she was originally cast as transsexual prostitute Mousy, a role Kate del Castillo ended up playing.
"It's a great project, and obviously I have a lot of faith in Kristen and her mom, Jules Stewart, who wrote the script and is directing it," Reed told the outlet at the time. "Kristen is playing a boy, and I am playing a man who is quite a few years older than she is."
Kristen has taken smaller, edgier roles since the first "Twilight" film was released. In 2010, she played a teenage stripper and hooker in the independent movie "Welcome To The Rileys," which was released in the United States several months after the third "Twilight" film. Co-star James Gandolfini, formerly of "The Sopranos," praised the actress as a "smart young lady."
"K-11" opens in select theaters on March 15. Jules talked to the Los Angeles Times about the difficulty in getting the movie made.
"You would think [it] would be really easy to get financiers if [Kristen] was attached, but it wasn't," Jules told the newspaper. "You can't take ['Twilight's'] Bella Swan and put her in jail with a bunch of transvestites and expect people to go, 'Oh yeah, no problem.'"
For the last 25 years, Kristen's mother, a native of Australia, worked as a script supervisor on movies such as "Little Giants," "Mortal Kombat," "Phantom," "Flubber" and "Jingle All The Way" as well as TV shows such as "Picket Fences," "The Practice" and "The Sarah Silverman Program."
Jason Mewes, who plays stoner Jay in many of friend Kevin Smith's comedy films, also appears in "K-11" as an inmate charged with possesion of an illegal substance with intent to deliver. Kristen's brother Cameron, 27, "K-11," also has a part in the movie, which marks his on-screen debut. He plays a prisoner named Sledgehammer.
(Pictured: Portia Doubleday appears as Butterfly in Jules Stewart's 2013 film 'K-11.' / Kristen Stewart walks the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars on Sunday, February 24. Credit: Breaking Glass Pictures / OTRC.com)
WATCH the trailer for "K-11" below (Warning: Contains explicit language and sexual content) and also check out footage of Kristen Stewart at the 2013 Oscars in February.